American History Told by Contemporaries: National Expansion 1873 - 1845

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Albert Bushnell Hart
The Minerva Group, Inc., 2002 - History - 692 pages
Our historians in general deal less with Athe people than, with people, - less with the life and impressions of the average man than with the thoughts of brilliant leaders. The foundations of true historical knowledge of our past are the actual conditions of common life: of country, town, and city; of farmer, artisan, merchant and slaveholder; of church, school, and convention. It this book leads people to understand how their forefathers felt, it will have done its work.Naturally the largest episode in this volume is the building of the Federal Constitution. In this, as in other disputed questions, I have tried to give a fair representation to the various schools of thought: if some people were wrong-headed and illogical and unpatriotic, it is part of history to know what their arguments were and how they were refuted. In approaching the terrible contest over slavery the same method is adopted: the assailant, the champion, and the observer speaks, each for his own side.From the date at which this volume begins, the West assumed a life and character of its own; and this book brings out that abounding frontier life, that constructive political instinct, that force and energy, which are so notable in the development of the West and so important in our national history.Our forefathers did interesting things and left entertaining records. The story of our nation=s development is clearer for the suggestions made by these writers. They are prejudiced; they see but a part of what is going on; they leave many gaps; but, after all, they tell the story.The collection was selected and edited in 1900 by Albert Bushnell Hart, Professor of History at Harvard University, and a well-respected and published scholar

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Contents

PART I
1
Reprints and Collections
7
PART II
14
Benjamin Franklin
22
Edward Augustus Kendall
45
Doctor François André Michaux
71
PAGE
82
François Jean Marquis de Chastellux
86
106
344
Lucien Bonaparte
367
United States Senators
373
Commodore James Barron
395
Late Consul David Bailie Warden
450
THE GREAT WEST
459
Reverend John Heckewelder
467
Patrick Shirreff
475

Secretary James Madison
120
Delegate Jacob Read
125
Reverend Jedidiah Morse
131
Governor Alexander Martin
147
TRADE AND COMMERCE
161
John Frederick Sackville Duke of Dorset
171
PART IV
177
Delegate James Madison
221
Delegate Luther Martin
228
PAGE
233
Various OfficeSeekers
273
PART V
282
William Prichard
295
FOREIGN RELATIONS
302
97
312
102
331
PART VIII
509
James Gates Percival
518
President Andrew Jackson
548
Frances Anne Kemble
564
167
567
Samuel Finley Breese Morse
571
Reverend John Pierpont
589
New York Commercial Advertiser
602
Reverend Joshua Leavitt
626
Representative John Quincy Adams
633
PAGE
637
Senator Thomas Hart Benton
652
211
657
571
660
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